Original Release Date: 01/01/2024
Credit claim for this activity will end at 11:59 PM 12.30.2024

Overview:  Clinical Medical Ethics: A Skills and Knowledge Primer is a 10-part video lecture series is intended to help build a moral community by introducing the knowledge base and skill set necessary to recognize, analyze, and respond to clinical ethics issues that arise in health care.

Target Audience:  Although specifically created for physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, administrators, health care lawyers, community representatives and others who serve on ethics committees, it is appropriate for any health care professional seeking more knowledge related to clinical ethics.

For further study: 

  • The Principles of Biomedical Ethics, Beauchamp and Childress
  • The Virtues in Medical Practice, Pellegrino
  • The Physicians Covenant, May
  • Clinical Ethics: A Practical Approach to Ethical Decisions in Clinical Medicine, Jonsen, Siegler, and Winslade
  • Fine RL. Institutional Ethics Committees: The Ten Year Experience at Baylor. BUMC Proceedings, Volume 9, Number 1, 1996.

Objectives: After participating in this activity, the learner should be able to:

  • Articulate the difference in competency and capacity
  • Assess basic decision-making capacity on a sliding scale
  • Utilize the basic elements of Informed Consent
  • Explain the difference in Substituted Judgment and Best Interest standards for surrogates

Planners/Authors:  This activity was planned, reviewed, edited, and approved for use as the curriculum for the Baylor Scott & White Health organization by:

Robert L. Fine, MD, FACP, FAAHPM
Office of Clinical Ethics and Palliative Care, BSWH

Martha Philastre
Director Strategic Initiatives, Palliative Care & Clinical Ethics

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships:

  • This content is not related to products or business lines of an ACCME-defined ineligible company*.
  • There are no relevant financial relationships with ACCME-defined ineligible company for anyone who was in control of the content of this activity.

*In the ACCME System (ineligible companies) are those whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients

Method of Participation & Request for CME/MOC Credit:

  • Read all instructions and activity information.
  • View the slides in their entirety.
  • Complete the quiz within the module with 100% accuracy.
  • Instructions to evaluate and claim credit(s) for the activity will be provided on the final slide of the activity.
  • Post activity, click on the link to be taken to evaluation and credit claim for the course or follow the link sent in an email from  to complete all questions on the evaluation and claim credit.

This CME activity type is an enduring material.  Physicians who complete the enduring material may claim the full amount of credit designated for the activity, regardless of the amount of time it took the physicians to complete the activity.

Accreditation: The A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education of Baylor Scott & White Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation: The A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education of Baylor Scott & White Health designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABIM MOC: Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 0.50 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

MOC NOTE TO LEARNER:  By completing the credit claim process for MOC credit, you are giving the A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education of Baylor Scott & White Health your permission to transmit your completion data to the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and to your certifying board(s).

Commercial Support:  No commercial support was received for this activity.